|The Heath, Photographs by Andy Sewell. |
Published by Andy Sewell, 2011.
Reviewed by Antone Dolezal
Andy Sewell The Heath
Photographs by Andy Sewell
Andy Sewell, London, 2011. Hardbound. 84 pp., 39 color illustrations, 11-3/4x9-1/2".
It is on rare occasion that one opens a book of photographs reflective of a specific place that speak softly to a personal journey of subtle meditation, while at the same time contains imagery so moving as to leave the viewer contemplating their own experience. This is where I found myself after quietly absorbing the images in Andy Sewell's self-published book The Heath, pondering a personal sense of place and considering my own ideal of solitary reflection.
The Heath is a book that suggests the notion of an eloquent withdraw. It is also a book about a place, the Hampstead Heath, an ancient park located at one of the highest points in London. It is a place seemingly buried deep within the urban surroundings of the English city and exists as a wild but managed landscape. Naturally captivated by the Heath, Sewell spent five years losing himself in this hybrid expanse, creating a series of photographs that have uncovered the subtle beauty of the terrain, as well as his personal maturity in photographic approach.
_____________________________Antone Dolezal is a New Mexico based photographer and writer. His photographs have been exhibited and published nationally and are held in several private and public collections. His writing contributions have appeared regularly in various photographic publications, including Finite Foto, photo-eye Blog and photo-eye Magazine. Antone studied photography, art history and writing at the College of Santa Fe, receiving his BFA in 2006.